Brooklyn Nets Fire Avery Johnson December 27, 2012 21:27
I hope that Avery Johnson had a good Christmas, despite the Brooklyn Nets losing to the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, because the Nets haven't given him much reason to have a good New Year.
The Brooklyn Nets GM, Billy King, has just announced that Avery Johnson has been fired. The Nets started the season positively going 11 - 4, but in the past month, Brooklyn have only won 3 games, and have lost 10.
Johnson was in his final year of his coaching contract with the Nets, and was named Eastern Conference Coach of the month for both October and November, but with their record now at 14 - 14, Johnson has been dropped, and the Nets are in search of a replacement.
P.J Carlesimo will be the interim coach, and rumours suggest that the Nets will be going to former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, to see if he would be interested in the position.
Other available coaches at the moment include Jerry Sloan, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Van Gundy and Flip Saunders.
The Net's season hasn't been going as well as the #HelloBrooklyn hype had suggested it might. Brook Lopez was playing the best basketball of his life before missing seven games with a sprained right foot, and the franchise anchor, Derron Williams, is having the worst season of his career.
While players have reacted with sympathy at the decision - Andray Blatche posted on Twitter saying "Thanx coach Avery for everything." - not everyone has taken the decision well.
Johnson's son, Avery Jr., also took to Twitter posting; "The expectations were way to high for this team. We didn't even have a losing record… Didn't even give my dad a full season. #Outrage." He also had a poke at some of the players saying, "I'm sorry are best players couldn't make open shots. Yeah that's my dads fault totally…"
Avery Jr. could have a point, I'm sure a lot of teams would be ok with a 14-14 record at this point in the season, heck the Washington Wizards (3-23) would be pretty happy with that right now, as would Cleveland (7-23), Charlotte (7-21), New Orleans (6-22) or Sacramento (9-19).
So when Jay-z said, in his song Niggas in Paris; "This shit crazy. Y'all don't know that don't shit phase me. The Nets could go 0 - 82 and I look at you like this shit gravy." It looks like it actually does phase him. It bothers him a lot.